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NC State Joins National Diversity Project

NC State will be part of a new national project to promote collaboration between international and diversity education initiatives on college campuses.

The American Council on Education (ACE) project, “At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments,” will explore connections between international and diversity efforts that will better prepare students for the impacts of globalization and improve cultural communication skills among students, faculty and staff.

One of NC State’s goals is to increase by 25 percent the number of under-represented minority students who participate in study, service-learning, internships and/or research abroad. NC State will also focus on developing a new course on cultural competence and global competitiveness and providing out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students to learn more about their place in the world.

“The ‘At Home in the World’ initiative will provide high-impact educational experiences for NC State’s students,” said Provost Warwick Arden. “The initiative is very much in keeping with our strategic goals of enhancing the success of our students through educational innovation and enhancing local and global engagement through focused strategic partnerships.”

NC State was one of eight institutions chosen from among 54 applicants.

The project, which will run through summer 2013, is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.